In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer Of Love, we've recorded 4 of our favourite songs from 1967. Played live in the studio, this is our collective touchstone of songs – those we've played in rehearsal or jams right from the beginning.
Lead track ‘For What It’s Worth’ (Revisited) is surely as prescient today as it was 50 years ago in the hands of Buffalo Springfield. We’re still sitting here wondering how it's going to pan out or if it ever can. Next up is the Youngbloods classic ‘Let's Get Together’ followed by The Jefferson Airplane's ‘Somebody To Love’ - one of the first big hits to come out of the US West Coast counterculture scene. The EP closes in style with ‘Alone Again Or’ from Love album Forever Changes.
The EP is available to buy/stream from all the usual places from smarturl.it/summeroflove.
The Summer of Love was an extraordinary moment in history - a hedonistic blast of glamour, ecstasy, and Utopianism that drew 75,000 young people to the streets of San Francisco in 1967
The Vietnam War was raging, anti-war protests were surging, civil rights had morphed into Black Power and the Beatles & Bob Dylan were voicing a cultural revolution on the airwaves. Psychedelic drugs were a sacrament and everything was spiritual. Youth was leading the way. They opened the door and everybody went through it.
Timothy Leary premiered his mantra, Turn on, Tune in, Drop out and a new, free society was built in the shell of the old.
This new, free society required public celebrations and its citizens lobbied the City of San Francisco to be able to hold them. On January 12, 1967, a collection of activists issued a press release for a 'Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In'.
'[A] new nation has grown inside the robot flesh of the old,' it began. It ended, 'Hang your fear at the door and join the future. If you do not believe, please wipe your eyes and see.'
As news of the Be-In trickled out, media coverage increased. The proposed gathering would be called 'the Summer of Love'.
Spurred by Scott McKenzie's radio-friendly 'San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)' the success of Jefferson Airplane’s first album; the swelling underground buzz around Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and many others, kids from all over the country flooded the Haight.
Everything changed after that.